By Yu-Tzu Chiu (
In early July, 60 academic papers—five of which list Chiang as a co-author—were retracted from the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC) after an investigation revealed a "peer review and citation ring" involving former National Pingtung University of Education (NPUE) associate professor Peter Chen (Chen-yuan Chen).
According to JVC's publisher, Sage Publications, Chen had created fraudulent online accounts to favorably review the papers.
“Consequently, SAGE scrutinized further the co-authors of and reviewers selected for Peter Chen’s papers, [and] these names appeared to form part of a peer review ring. The investigation also revealed that on at least one occasion, the author Peter Chen reviewed his own paper under one of the aliases he had created,” SAGE said in a statement on earlier this month.
In 2013, the then editor-in-chief of JVC, Professor Ali H. Nayfeh, and SAGE became aware of the potential peer review ring plotted by Chen. Chen resigned from his post at NPUE this February. Nayfeh retired and resigned his position as editor-in-chief of JVC in May.
The retractions were first reported on the blog Retraction Watch. When the news became widely reported by local media in Taiwan, Chiang, who holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Stanford University, denied that he knew Chen and said he was unaware of being listed as a co-author.